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Favorite famous bassist’s bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by brian579, Mar 29, 2020.

  1. brian579

    brian579 Supporting Member

    Mar 26, 2011
    Staten Island, NY
    If you could own one famous musician’s bass, who’s/which bass would it be?
    For me it’s a toss up between Sting’s 50s P, or Jamerson’s funk machine.
  2. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013

    Or if he's not famous enough:
  3. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    One of Jack Casady's. Wait, I got 4 already. :D (Well, not his, personally, that'd be cool.) :cool:
  4. This would do just fine . . . . .

    jj alembic S2.jpg

    . . . . although I'm having a hard time deciding whether I'd want a Series 2 five-string like Jimmie's more than I wish my left hand could do THAT. A master at work on a master's instrument. I wouldn't need one of his, Alembic still has the blueprints for a new one . . . . . that'd be close enough.
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  5. thabassmon


    Sep 26, 2013
    New Zealand
    Celeb basses ain't my thang, but I'll play it's lock down in my country too.

    Bootsy's Space Bass (because it's a mad multi output instrument. I usually use outboard devices to do this, it'll make it easier straight off the bass)

    Jamerson's Funk Machine (then return it to his family)
  6. joebeadg


    Sep 1, 2010
    eustis fl
    would have to be jack bruces EB3 but his Warwick thumb would be nice too
  7. Resonance129


    Feb 15, 2011
    Definitely Justin Chancellors Wal for me.
  8. SactoBass

    SactoBass A retired civil engineer who likes all-tube amps! Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Lake Havasu City, AZ
    I've had the pleasure of seeing JJ play live with James Taylor a few times. JJ plays with absolute PERFECTION! :thumbsup:
  9. SactoBass

    SactoBass A retired civil engineer who likes all-tube amps! Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Lake Havasu City, AZ
    For me, it would be *THIS* bass (which is the same one shown in my avatar):

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  11. factory presets

    factory presets

    Mar 3, 2020
    Didn't have Mr Bruce's. But I had an EB3. Loved that little pickup. But the neck dive just killed it for me.
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  12. TerenceE

    TerenceE Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2015
    Funk machine. Ox’s frankenbass.
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  13. Tubehed


    Oct 27, 2011
    Sorry. Couldn't decide.
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  14. Sean150


    Jul 18, 2018
    Flea’s 61 jazz bass
    kbraker510, Mili, Steve88 and 2 others like this.
  15. Not into celeb basses either, but if your twisting my arm, maybe:

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  16. shojii


    Sep 7, 2011
    John Paul Jones' J Bass....
  17. Dabndug

    Dabndug Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2017
    Somewhere in Oz
    Sir Paul's 4001S.
  18. Thegrandwazoo

    Thegrandwazoo Supporting Member

    Sep 8, 2013
    West Virginia
    Probably either one of John Paul Jones' Jazz Basses, one of Phil Lesh's Alembicized Starfires, or Claypool's oldest Carl Thompson, the walnut one with the tremolo.
  19. factory presets

    factory presets

    Mar 3, 2020
    Lot of people with love for Mr Jamerson's funk machine. But I've read several times that people who actually played it found a crusty bass with an action like the Golden Gate bridge and intonation problems from the strings being decades old. The term unplayable was used in some of the articles.

    Maybe better off being James Jamerson than playing his bass.

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